Whitsunday locals take top honours at TORGAS Awards
WHITSUNDAY locals were recognised at the 2018 TORGAS Awards on Friday, June 1, with nine awards given to apprentices, trainees and one host business between Proserpine and Bowen.
The TORGAS Awards recognise young apprentices and trainees who demonstrate excellence and dedication in their field, as well as outstanding host businesses.
Proserpine apprentice Zachary Zwynenburg bested five finalists from the electrical, construction, automotive, engineering and hospitality trades to win TORGAS Apprentice of the Year.
Mr Zwynenburg, who is hosted by Proserpine Machinery Service, added to his achievements by winning the Fourth Year Most Outstanding Automotive Apprentice of the Year category as well.
Prosperine Machinery Service secretary Jennifer Whitney said Mr Zwynenburg had a history of big wins, having taken out Third Year Most Outstanding Automotive Apprentice in 2017 and First Year Most Outstanding Automotive Apprentice in 2015.
“Zac is a very young person but has an absolute excellent work ethic,” Ms Whitney said.
“He gets on very well with our customers and with fellow staff members and is always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty.
“He is a person who actually thrives on learning, training and aspiring to be the best in his field.”
Mr Zwynenburg said he was hoping to win the award for his apprentice year level but was surprised to take out the overall award.
“I was pretty nervous but it was a great feeling anyway knowing I got it,” he said.
Proserpine Machinery Service joined the winner’s circle by taking out TORGAS Host Business of the Year.
The Most Outstanding Third Year Automotive Apprentice and Third Year Engineering Apprentice awards were presented to Bevin Querro and Brodie Malone, both based in Bowen.
Awards for Most Outstanding Second Year Engineering Apprentice and Second Year Construction Apprentice were won by Proserpine’s Jack Henderson and Cadell Schlenner, hosted by the Whitsunday Regional Council.
Mayor Andrew Willcox congratulated the apprentices on their awards, which he said were presented to people who displayed a strong work ethic and conscientious attitude.
“I’m extremely proud of them. All of our apprentices have demonstrated commitment to learning their trade and have done so with great enthusiasm,” Cr Willcox said.
“It’s encouraging to see young people making the most of the opportunity to build a career for themselves and Whitsunday Regional Council is pleased to be able to provide the platform for them to do that.
“I would also like to congratulate the apprentices who received a nomination but were unsuccessful on the night. You should be proud of your nomination and your efforts in our organisation are appreciated.”
Zachary Zwynenburg won Most Outstanding Apprentice of the Year.
Cadell Schlenner won Second Year Construction Apprentice of the Year.
Jack Henderson won Second Year Engineering Apprentice of the Year.